Georgia Trend Daily – April 2, 2020

April 2, 2020 WABE 90.1

Coronavirus Updates: Kemp To Issue Statewide Shelter-In-Place Order

Staff reports that Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announced Wednesday that he will issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to prevent spread of the coronavirus and shut down public schools for the rest of the year.


April 2, 2020 Georgia Trend – Exclusive!

From the Publisher: Southside Gem

Ben Young writes, reading about South Metro Atlanta in this month’s issue brings back many fond memories of when I worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in McDonough, Jonesboro and Newnan in the ’90s. It’s amazing to see how much has changed since then and exciting to see the opportunities ahead.


April 2, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Power’s parent warns COVID-19 could impact nuclear Plant Vogtle

Matt Kempner reports that Georgia Power’s parent company is warning investors that the coronavirus pandemic could disrupt its nuclear power expansion at Plant Vogtle, a project that already is far behind schedule.


April 2, 2020 Atlanta Business Chronicle

As hotel industry asks for federal assistance, Atlanta hotels face $2B in debt

Grace Donnally and Dyana Bagby report that the hotel industry has been crushed by the coronavirus pandemic, which caused business and leisure travel to come to a halt. “It’s very, very bad,” said David Marvin, founder and president of Legacy Ventures, which operates five hotels in Atlanta.


April 2, 2020

Delta Running Cargo Flights to China for Medical Supplies

Trevor Williams reports that Delta Air Lines Inc.’s passenger flights to China may be grounded, but that’s not stopping it from helping bolster medical collaboration between the U.S. and what was one of its fastest-growing markets. The Atlanta airline March 30 launched nonstop cargo flights between Detroit and Shanghai, carrying medical supplies in an Airbus A350-900 to fight the coronavirus outbreak.


April 2, 2020 Emory University

Emory Healthcare and Georgia Tech team up on rapid production of face shields

Josh Brown and Janet Christenbury report that with supplies of medical personal protective equipment (PPE) strained amid the COVID-19 outbreak, a cross-disciplinary team at Emory Healthcare and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is working on a new effort to supply thousands of face shields to health care professionals on front lines in the fight against the virus.

April 2, 2020 Rome News-Tribune

Frustrations boil over at LaFayette range manufacturer

Catherine Edgemon reports that an online petition is calling for Walker County’s largest manufacturer to shut down while the coronavirus pandemic is raging. Roper Corp., a subsidiary of GE Appliances, a Haier company, manufactures ranges, wall ovens and cooktops under the GE Appliances, Profile, Monogram, and Café brands at its plant in LaFayette.


April 2, 2020 Saporta Report

College students brainstorm to promote UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

David Pendered reports that the United Nation’s sustainability goals prompt some folks to think big. A top Georgia Tech official was moved during a discussion Wednesday to blue sky about Tech’s role in offering its help to guide the future of a world bending toward sustainable practices.


April 2, 2020 Georgia Health News

Reusable protective gear to the rescue?

Judi Kanne reports that the coronavirus crisis has put unprecedented focus on materials that health care workers use to protect themselves — and patients — from infection. An Atlanta-based medical laundry company thinks reusables may become more important in the wake of the pandemic.


April 2, 2020 All On Georgia

Georgia to Receive $5.6 Million for Outdoor Recreation and Conservation Projects

Staff reports that U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt recently announced $227,125,000 will be distributed from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) to all 50 states, five U.S. territories and the District of Columbia for specified park and outdoor recreation and conservation projects. The peach state is getting a piece of the pie in the amount of just over $5.6 million.


April 2, 2020 Georgia Recorder

COVID-19 threatens census. At stake: money, political power

Ross Williams and Allison Stevens report, it’s National Census Day. April 1 is the date by which all people in U.S. households are to be counted. But the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to make the count even more difficult than usual, which could exacerbate the inequitable distribution of resources in Georgia and other states.


April 2, 2020 The Center Square

Calls by Republicans to delay Georgia’s May 19 primary election continue

Jason Schaumberg reports that Georgia’s Republican Congressional delegation has joined the chorus of those asking Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to push back the state’s primary election amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Georgia’s primary is scheduled for May 19 and will include the presidential preference primary, which was originally scheduled for March 24 but postponed for safety concerns after Gov. Brian Kemp declared a public health emergency.


April 2, 2020 Capitol Beat News

Georgia elections chief punts to governor, legislature on delaying May 19 primary

Beau Evans reports that Georgia’s elections chief is leaving it up to the governor and state legislature whether to postpone the May 19 primaries another month after a prior delay in the face of coronavirus. Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger already has put back Georgia’s originally scheduled March 24 presidential primary to May 19, coinciding with the state and local primaries.


April 2, 2020 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Athens offers a glimpse of challenges awaiting Georgia under shelter in place orders

Greg Bluestein reports that Athens-Clarke County took some of the most strident steps in the state to combat the coronavirus, earning the praise of public health experts and the enmity of some business owners and other critics who see an overreaction.

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